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Famous F1 Driver Champions and Their Exotic Cars

Famous F1 Driver Champions and Their Exotic Cars

Fans of Formula 1 racing get to see a lot of their favorite stars on the track. They come to respect these drivers for their skill behind the customized control-covered steering wheel of a Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Williams, a Red Bull car, or others. These teams are the automotive association that we have for these drivers

But what about when they’re off the track? The race broadcast ends not long after a winner has emerged, anthems have been played and bottles of champagne have been sprayed liberally across driver and audience. We don’t see in what cars the drivers themselves take to the streets.

F1 Drivers and Their Exotic Cars

It’s interesting to see what the F1 drivers drive. Some of them are surprisingly mundane. Did you know that Mark Webber, for instance, drives a Renault Megane RS as a daily driver? It’s quite a sporty hot hatch, but for today’s blog, we want to go somewhere a little more exotic. We’re looking at the exotic cars that F1 drivers call their own.

1. Mark Webber – Porsche 911 Turbo

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Arguably Australia’s greatest driver Mark Webber competed in Formula 1 from 2002 to 2013 and then also in the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2014 to 2016. During his time in F1, he raced with Minardi, Jaguar, Williams, and Red Bull.

His Porsche 911 Turbo was a gift from his days as an endurance driver for the Porsche team. It boasts a 3.8L 6-cylinder engine that outputs a fantastic 572hp and 553lb-ft of torque. It only gets 15mpg in the city and 20 on the highway, but let’s face it, no one gets a Porsche 911 Turbo for the gas mileage.

2. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari 458 Italia

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At just 39 years old, Alonso has already enjoyed a long and successful career in F1. His first race entry was the 2001 Australian Grand Prix, but he’s still racing 20 years later, currently for the Alpine F1 team (formerly known as the Renault F1 team). He’s garnered 2 championships, 32 race wins, and 97 visits to the podium.

Alonso raced with Ferrari from 2010-2014, and even now proudly drives his Ferrari 458 Italia. His custom version was received back in 2010 and features a Bianco Fuji livery, black interior with Alonso’s name stitched right into the headset. Under the hood, there’s an unbelievably powerful 4.5L V8 engine outputting 570hp and 398lb-ft of torque.

3. Lewis Hamilton – Pagani Zonda 760 LH

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British driver Lewis Hamilton is quite a star in the world of F1, gaining his first win at the Canadian Grand Prix in his first year of professional F1 driving. With 7 championships now under his belt, he’s certainly the darling of the Mercedes team. He’s undoubtedly earned the Mercedes-Benz GL450 CDI that the team gave him as a daily runaround, but that’s not the car we’re focusing on.

Hamilton’s other top exotic motor is a stunning Pagani Zonda armed with a V12 AMG engine. If you’re wondering about the 760 LH part, the 760 is the amount of horsepower that the mighty engine produces, and the LH you might guess stands for Lewis Hamilton. Another custom gift for a gifted driver. Hamilton has been heard to refer to the car as “the Batmobile.”

4. Daniel Ricciardo – Porsche 918

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In his 10 years on the track, Australian Ricciardo has raced for 5 teams, most recently McLaren-Mercedes. He’s a charming and charismatic individual in the F1 world known for his big toothy smile, but besides the success, he’s achieved in F1 so far, he has more reason than many to be smiling when he drives around in his fantastic Porsche 918 Spyder.

To purchase this car yourself would set you back about $850,000 and is one of the world’s few hybrid supercars. It houses a 4.6L V8 engine paired with 2 electric motors and gives a total output of 875hp. Mind you, it would be hard to find one since there were only ever 918 units ever made between 2013 and 2015. It launches Ricciardo from 0 to 60 in an eye-watering 2.6 seconds.

5. Nico Rosberg – 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

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Finally, we come to German-born Nico Rosberg. He raced for the Williams team from 2005 to 2009 and then Mercedes from 2010-2016 before retiring on a high after winning the 2016 championship.

It won’t surprise you to learn that Rosberg is a huge car nut, and his exotic car is quite unique in our selection today because it’s also a classic model. He’s driving a 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. It has been lovingly restored by Rosberg (or at least someone he hired), and features a cream exterior, red leather interior, a 3.0L straight-six engine, and perhaps most amazingly only 50,000km (31,000 miles) on the odometer! 

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8 Top Celebrities and their Fleets

8 Top Celebrities and their Fleets

Walmart founder Sam Walton drives his Ford F150 from his purchase in 1979 until he died in 1992. However, the famous, strict, and humble Walton is the exception, not the rule. And jealous of the world, great wealth usually brings with it great cars. However, some turn their enviable resources into monstrous collections of automobiles of all shapes, sizes, ages, and manufacturers. This article describes 8 top celebrities and their fleets that are worth several millions of dollars. You may rent most of these exotic and luxury cars in Los Angeles or Las Vegas at 777 Exotics.

1. Jay leno

Comedian and former “The Tonight Show” host, Jay Leno, replaced none other than Johnny Carson, and his success made him the owner of one of the most famous auto collections in the world. Roughly 150 shocking vehicles, the comic fleet is worth having gems like a Stanley Steamer Vanderbilt Cup Racer from 1912, a steam antique that fetched Leno a speeding ticket in 2010 when he was speeding up to, according to auto information 120 km/h was arrested. The gem in his collection is a 1994 McLaren F1 that he bought for $ 800,000 but is now valued at $ 12 million.

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2. Jerry Seinfeld

Few people in the world whose car collections can rival Jay Lenos have made his fortune making people laugh. According to Auto Wise, comedian Jerry Seinfeld spent $ 1.4 million on the private garage that housed his babies. It has 850 square meters of floor space. It also employs a dedicated “fleet management” team to keep its cars in tip-top condition. Seinfeld, who sold $ 22 million cars in 2016 alone, has a known love for Porsche but will never own a Lexus. You can check out some of their rare and unique inventories on the Netflix show, Comedians in Cars Drinking Coffee.

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3. Tom Brady

All those Super Bowl rings and probably the greatest quarterback of all time made famous New England Patriots player Tom Brady a nine-figure fortune and an impressive collection of stylish cars. Tom Brady won the car as a rookie during named the Super Bowl MVP. It’s not just limited to big cars. His best cars include a 2015 Ferrari M458T, a 2017 Aston Martin DB11, and a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

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4. Floyd Mayweather

Whenever he gets behind the wheel, he shows his nickname as Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Possibly the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time, the undefeated retired champion is buying cars with incredible numbers. His Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, for example, develops 1,018 hp, goes from 0 to 60 in under 2.9 seconds, and pays him $ 4.8 million back. Mayweather’s Bugatti Chiron has 1,479 horsepower, costs 3.5 million US dollars, and has a top speed of 267 mph.

 

 

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5. Kim Kardashian

Kanye West is known to have a penchant for anything stylish. Still, his wife, TV stars Kim Kardashian, is definitely giving the rapper a chance to spend his money on high-end cars such as Ferrari 458 Italia, Mercedes Maybach, Rolls-Royce Phantom, and Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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6. Donald Trump 

Before the Secret Service drove for him, President Donald Trump was an outrageous celebrity, in part for flaunting his wealth at all times. Its fleet of Rolls-Royce sedans and luxury vehicles helped create that image. According to Auto Wise, the 1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud was one of the future president’s first cars, then Trump commissioned Rolls to make a replica of the original that he loved so much. He is also said to own a 2015 Rolls Royce Phantom valued at $ 500,000, which, despite its massive three-ton weight, goes from 0 to 60 in less than six seconds.

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7. Beyonce Knowles

JayZ and Beyonce are another powerful entertainment couple with more amazing cars than you can drive, and Queen B has been spotted in the driver’s seat of some of the best selections. An Alfa Romeo Spider is just as much a part of their collection as a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. As if that weren’t enough, there’s the Ferrari F430 Spider, Mercedes Benz S-Class, Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, and Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport that you bought for JayZ.

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8. Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren closes our list of 8 top celebrities and their fleets. Described by Forbes as “the art of driving”, fashion icon Ralph Lauren’s car collection began with a Mercedes 280SE 4.5 Cabriolet. 1971 was the same year he launched the first Beverly Hills polo boutique on Rodeo Drive, exactly 45 years later, in 2016 Forbes rated its $ 300 million car collection as possibly the most valuable in the world. In 2011 the Louvre presented 17 of its best vehicles, including a 1929 4.5-liter Bentley “Blower” that competed in 1930, 1932, and 1933 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s oldest car race.

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